Our monthly Conscience Matters webinar series brings together members, Coalition staff, and special guests to probe pressing issues facing Sites of Conscience today and showcase innovative and effective strategies to help members energize their audiences and play a leading role in our global movement for memory.
Our Webinar Short series are 30- to 45-minute interactive sessions devoted to core elements of Sites of Conscience methodology, member profiles, and tools to support self-care and creativity.
For upcoming webinars, please visit our Events page.
Cultivating Peace: Healing Communities Through Healing the Earth
Sites of Conscience around the globe engage on issues related to healthy environments in multiple ways, including advocating for solutions to the climate crisis and highlighting the disproportionate effect of climate change on marginalized communities. In our next webinar, “Cultivating Peace: Healing Communities Through Healing the Earth,” we will explore how to foster more resilient, equitable and healthy communities through programming that directly engages with nature and offers new approaches to how communities understand their land both past and present.
The webinar will be held on November 16th, 10:00am (EST) and will bring together in conversation Jen Kretser, Director of Climate Initiatives at the Wild Center, a U.S. Site of Conscience in the Adirondacks, and Denis Ngala, Founder of the Manene Cultural Trust, a member in Kenya. Together they will share their experiences and strategies using nature as a springboard to foster a deeper understandings of how different communities—particularly Indigenous ones—have interpreted specific landscapes, how to encourage communities to care for the land in big and small ways, and how to develop innovative programming around the environment that promotes our shared humanity in an increasingly polarized world.
Interpreting the Unknown: Being adaptive as a place of memory
At historical sites, the available historical evidence rarely tells the whole story. Longstanding systems of inequality and injustice have dismissed the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, women and other marginalized groups to such an extent that often little evidence of their past lives exists today. How can Sites of Conscience and likeminded organizations navigate this difficult fact? How do we tell stories about the spaces and lives that have no verifiable, historical record connected to them?
Join us on October 19th, at 10:00am (E.T) for “Interpreting the Unknown: Being Adaptive as Places of Memory” as we offer strategies and insight into how Sites of Conscience can share histories even when they don’t have all the facts.
The Legacy of the Settlement House Movement
Around the turn of the 20th century, the American Settlement House Movement arose as an innovative approach to addressing social issues caused by rapid industrialization and unchecked capitalist greed. In particular, Settlement Houses provided help to the growing number of immigrants living and working in American cities. Join us for an exploration of how the movement and the work continues into the present day. Speakers Nadia Maragha (Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago), Dakota Russell (The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, Salem, MA), and Katie Vogel (Henry Street Settlement, New York) will describe how their unique organizations tell the stories of the Settlement movement and carry on its vision for a new century. Kenneth Turino, Past President of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, will moderate.
No Place Like Home: Housing as a Human Right
The right to adequate housing, including the ability to live “somewhere that is in keeping with your culture” with “access to appropriate services, schools, and employment,” is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and yet, around the world, cities are becoming progressively unequal, with vulnerable minorities being pushed out through gentrification and spatial segregation. This often has a ripple effect, deepening inequity and limiting socio, cultural and economic diversification in areas with privileged infrastructure.
On July 20th, 2023, at 10:00am (ET), join “No Place Like Home: Housing as a Human Right,” a webinar hosted by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience that will examine social and affordable housing initiatives that are working to democratize access to urban spaces, foster co-existence, and counter systems that expel people with less economic power to peripheral areas deprived of services and opportunities.
Our understanding of history is, in so many ways, a process – one that unfolds overtime as new research unveils new perspectives, communities engage with organizations in new ways and advocacy efforts amplify the silenced voices of the past. As a result, Sites of Conscience and like-minded organizations are in a constant state of growth and change. In this Webinar Short, join Linda Norris, ICSC’s Senior Specialist in Methodology and Practice, as she shares some creative and accessible tips for welcoming change and even initiating it at your organization whether your organization is a new start-up or a long-established one. Hint: start small!
In post-conflict settings around the world, family members often play a galvanizing role in advocating for truth and justice for their loved ones lost to war and violence. In North America, through the use of family records, oral histories, and some formal documentation, descendants of enslaved communities have become powerful advocates for uncovering, preserving, and amplifying the history of their ancestors.
In our next webinar, we will shine a spotlight on these dynamic communities – examining the importance of these vital groups and how Sites of Conscience can better engage and work with them today. We will be joined by Elizabeth Chew, of James Madison’s Montpelier, a representative of the Montpelier Descendant Committee, as well as Bill Green from the Clotilda Descendants Association. Watch here.
The Body Remembers: Exploring the Effect of Trauma on the Body
Conflict traumatizes societies in multiple ways. Most concretely, it damages infrastructure, obliterating houses, schools, and cultural sites. It also destroys the social fabric by poisoning feelings of trust and commonality among community members. An equally common, but often overlooked result of conflict is the devastating and long-lasting effect it has on bodies. The body may serve as evidence of physical violence through scars or missing limbs, but also frequently carries less visible, but still life-altering signs of trauma, from anxiety and insomnia to a more general unease that can be difficult to name but leads to further marginalization of victims. In this webinar, we will explore how conflict, and injustice more generally, presents itself in our individual and collective bodies. Panelists will also provide insight into ways to counteract this damage through art-based and somatic healing methods.
The Human Right to a Healthy Environment Share
April is Earth Month, to celebrate we are highlighting the great work of our member Villa Grimaldi and their climate justice project “Sites of Conscience and Vulnerated Territories: The Human Right to Live in a Healthy Environment”. Join our Global Networks Associate in Global Programs Elena del Hoyo Corral and Daniel Rebolledo Hernández from Villa Grimaldi as they talk about the project, its goals, importance, and vision for the future of Chilean climate justice.
The Movement for Memory in Mexico
Movements for memory can take many forms – from campaigns that advocate for national policies and laws to more spontaneous gatherings of activists that incorporate civil disobedience and other types of non-violent direct action. On April 20th, join our next Conscience Matters webinar, as we explore the synergies between these strategies through the context of Mexico, where families of the disappeared, memory practitioners, and other activists have spent years amplifying the vital role of public memory and countering harmful government narratives through multiple channels. The webinar will bring together key figures involved in these movements to discuss the many ways public memorials can be transformed, as well as the opportunities and challenges of creating memory laws in the country. The webinar will be conducted in Spanish with English interpretation.
Reparations 101: Who, What, Where, When and Why
Since the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, “reparations” are often referred to in the media, but what exactly they are is not always understood. What is their purpose? How might they be dispersed? To whom? And what role do they have in connecting ideas of justice to the legacies of slavery in the United States? On March 23, 2023, join Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman, Senior Director of the Global Transitional Justice Initiative at ICSC, for our next Webinar Short, which will explore these questions and more through a global lens.
How to Memorialize Public Sites of Violence Against African Americans
Join us for a discussion on how to memorialize sites of violence against Black Americans. The conversation will be moderated by Jamira Burley – an award winning activist and international speaker – and welcome guests from Sites of Conscience, including Benjamin Saulsberry, the Public Engagement & Museum Education Director at our member site The Emmett Till Interpretive Center.
Atrocity Prevention &Transitional Justice: Understanding the Linkages
The linkages between atrocity prevention and transitional justice are significant, but frequently overlooked. This roundtable will highlight the nexus between transitional justice and atrocity prevention by focusing on the role of psychosocial support, documentation and archives in upstream prevention and the need for gender justice in larger prevention efforts.
American LGBTQ+ Museum an Interview with Ben Garcia
Join the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) as we welcome Ben Garcia, the Executive Director of the American LGBTQ+ Museum, to discuss the Museum’s scheduled 2024 opening, its mission and programming, and how you can be involved.
The conversation is part of ICSC’s Webinar Short series which features 30-minute sessions on the latest developments in the world of Sites of Conscience and their allies.
Disarming Americans: Museums Take on Gun Control
Situated in “red” states and “blue” states, big cities and rural communities, Sites of Conscience and their allies are uniquely positioned to foster constructive dialogue on gun control among a wide subset of people. But how? On February 16, 2023 – shortly after the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and injured 17 more – join us as we discuss how museums and memory sites can memorialize gun violence, deepen our understanding of the history and mythology surroundings guns in America, and spark productive conversations on gun control that transcend political and ideological divides.
Webinar Short: What’s Not Working?
To ring in the new year, join Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology, as he leads a short discussion on the best of what didn’t work in 2022 in order to identify new and more effective strategies moving into 2023. If you have any insights, big fails, and lessons learned that you would like to share ahead of time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobilizing Memory: Defending Cultural Memory During Conflicts
Join us in conversation with Ihor Poshyvailo from Maidan Museum, a member in Kyiv, and Hadi Marifat, founder of member the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization, as they share insights into the ways national memory affects conflict, how cultural practitioners do their work during conflicts, and how the outside world can support them.
Halting Hate: A Bottom-up Approach to Understanding and Fighting Hate Speech in the Asia Pacific
In the Asia Pacific, like in other regions of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated alarming trends of scapegoating and hate speech against minority groups. Who are the primary targets? Through which channels does hate speech spread? And, looking at solutions, what can civil society do? In this webinar, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) will bring together three experts from the field to explore a bottom-up approach to understanding and fighting hate speech.
Public Historians and the Climate Crisis
In this Conscience Matters webinar, join Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, as he speaks to Sites of Conscience members about environmental justice in the context of history and the present. View the resource here.
Strengthening Museums to Foster Resilience
In this Conscience Matters webinar, hear from North American members who participated in the Coalition’s 18-month, IMLS-funded project on supporting museums and historic sites to build social resilience in their communities after Covid-19. View the resource here.
Centering Indigenous Experiences
Listen and learn as facilitators and artists discuss their experience with the Coalition’s recently concluded In Dialogue: A Community-Centered Public Art Project Reflecting Tulsa’s Inter-tribal Identity in Mvskoke Territory, which aimed to help the city reimagine new artistic representations of its diverse Native community. View the resource here.
New Member Webinar
In this Conscience Matters webinar, join Coalition staff as they welcome new members from across the globe and discuss the benefits of membership. This webinar is also beneficial for those considering joining the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. View the resource here.
Global Action: Virtual Advocacy in Support of Women, Girls, and the LGBTQIA+ Community
In this webinar, hear from the recipients of the Coalition’s third and final Community Engagement Grant initiative: “Virtual Advocacy In Support of Women, Girls, & the LGBTQIA+ Community.” View the resource here.
Global Action: Racism Past to Present Through a New Lens
In this webinar, hear from the six Community Engagement Grant awardees as they share their projects. This is part one of a series of Coalition sponsored global action grants. View the resource here.
Women in War: Stopping Sexual Violence in Conflict
Staff and guests discuss how to strengthen justice and accountability around sexual violence against women. Co-hosted with GAAMAC. View the resource here.